TEXT: Acts 1:2-5
Accepting the Bible as God’s Infallible Word and Embracing the Gospel for Salvation – is the ONLY WAY to eternal life…
Each of us MUST have this experience and then share it with others.
Let’s dig into this and find out more about the Hope for Humanity!
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
The Passion & Pentecost are Inseparable
Passion = Suffering of Christ
Gospel = Good News of Christ’s Death, Burial & Resurrection
This is the MOST IMPORTANT event in Human History
APPLICATION of the GOSPEL brings SALVATION
Jesus’ Christ Death, His Burial, and His Resurrection are very significant events in Human History. The truth of the matter is that the PASSION of Jesus Christ – His Death, Burial and Resurrection are the MOST Important series of events in Human History, because without it – we would be hopeless. We would be confined to manufacture our own worthless goodness in order to escape judgement for sin.
Pentecost is made possibly by Christ’s Passion
After His Passion – Came Pentecost…
What followed His Passion – or the GOOD NEWS OF HIS DEATH, BURIAL and RESURRECTION, was made possibly by His Passion – and it is the HOPE of HUMANITY…PENTECOST!!!
The First Application of the Gospel happened at PENTECOST!
What is Pentecost?
As Peter explained in Acts Chapter 2, it is the experience that one has when they Repent of their Sins, they are Baptized in the Name of Jesus, and God fills them with His Holy Spirit.
How we can Participate in the Gospel: We…
1) Embrace It , and then we should (2) Share It
EMBRACE THE GOSPEL PATTERN
Death – Repentance – Romans 6:1-2
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
– No one can die for you – in repentance you choose to die out to your flesh and your desires. We must choose to quit living in sin!
Burial – Water Baptism – Romans 6:3
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
In order for you to be buried, you should first be DEAD.
– We will bury you – but if and only if you dead. The same is true spiritually, we wait until you have fully repented to “bury” you in the waters of baptism.
Resurrection – Holy Spirit Infilling – Romans 6:4
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
No one can receive the Spirit of God for you…
You personally speak in a language you didn’t know..
Receiving the Spirit changes you – walk in newness of life – it is that Spirit that is going to raise your mortal body.
After His Passion…Came Pentecost.
It couldn’t happen before His Death, Burial and Resurrection. What an incredible experience that is available to us today! We can experience Pentecost. It is not a corporate experience, it is a PERSONAL Experience that each and every one should have.
You will know if you have been filled with God’s Spirit — if, while you are praising, loving and worshipping God with your heart and with your mouth – you speak in a language that you did not learn in school. This special ability is a sign to you and to those around you that you are receiving God’s Spirit into your life and that you have totally surrendered to Him.
Imagine waking up tomorrow and knowing beyond a shadow of any doubt that if the world were to end tomorrow, or if Jesus were to return – that you would be going to heaven for eternity!! That is what is possible through your own personal experience of Pentecost today!
I know there are lots of people touting lots of different ways for you to be “saved”, but this is the ONLY Biblical way for you to KNOW that you have the same experience as they had when the Church began in the New Testament!
Today is when you should act, right now is the time for you to Repent and turn from Sin. Be baptized today the exact same way that they baptized in the New Testament, and allow God to fill you with His Holy Spirit!
Challenge for this week: EMBRACE the GOSPEL, and then SHARE IT!!, If it has been a while since you told someone about your Pentecost experience, this is a great week to do it again.